Government agencies at least now understand the need to become more data-centric in how they look at security, said Jerry Irvine, chief information officer at Prescient Solutions and a member of the National Cyber Security Task Force.
The use of data-supported security has become more urgent even though traditional forms of perimeter-based security such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems and virus detection continue to be the most common solutions currently used, according to Irvine
What's more, mobile phone proliferation has exposed agencies to a steady shifting of vulnerability across its networks.
"Firewalls look like so much swiss cheese these days because there are so many open ports and types of applications that people are allowed to access from their mobile phones and other devices and through the Internet," said Irvine
"Now it's become a matter of seeing how you can better secure data with ... protocol protection, access control rights and data loss prevention applications," he